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Morning observations: Observing solar sunspots

Stars are very far away, so that no features are optically resolvable with our 8-inch telescope from the Earth.
But wait! This holds for all stars but one! Our Sun!

And the Sun is up at daytime, ideally for observations during school hours.
So, we equipped the finder of our telescope with a solar filter and set off to observe a star.

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First thing we noticed is that the Sun is almost a perfect bright sphere! But it had spots!
There were three pairs of sunspots, marking the coolest places on the Sun's surface.

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What we've learned in our astronomy classes is true! Our Sun is behaving like a normal star!

 

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